Music Education Workshop Series

Learn more about the 2022-23 workshops and clinicians:


Leigh Ann Garner

Sept. 17, 8:30am-12:30pm, DuFresne Performing Arts Center Room 159

Reinvigorate! Rejuvenate! Music Making for All Children

Returning to our “new normal” as music educators provides us the opportunity to review our existing curriculum and examine areas that can be broadened and enriched.

This interactive workshop will provide participants with opportunities to explore fresh repertoire, games, and activities for the elementary music classroom setting.

In addition, the pedagogical purpose of core repertoire will be discussed as it relates to assessment and improvisation with musical concepts.

About the Clinician

Dr. Leigh Ann Garner is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Prior to her appointment at St. Olaf, she taught elementary classroom and choral music for 23 years in the Hastings Public School District.

Garner also serves as the Director of the Kodály Institute at the University of St. Thomas, where she teaches pedagogy courses Levels I and II, Folksong Analysis and Materials, and Kodály Master Class.A sought-after clinician, leader, and facilitator, Garner teaches interactive workshops throughout the United States specializing in early childhood music, Kodály-inspired pedagogy, curriculum development, standards-based assessments, and undergraduate music pedagogy.

In 2016, she was honored as a Teacher of Excellence and respectively in 2017 as an Employee of the Semester by the Hastings School District.Over the past 20 years, Garner has served in leadership roles at the state and national level for a number of music organizations. Currently, she serves on the Teacher Education Committee of the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

In 2019, she and colleagues throughout the country co-authored Kodály-Inspired Benchmarks for Grades 3-5 that align with the National Core Arts Standards. Garner is also the co-author of "Music and Movement: a music curriculum for children ages one-five." Her most recent publication, "Cultivating Creative Musicians," is a resource designed for elementary music teachers.

In addition, she is a contributing author for MacMillan McGraw/Hill music textbook series. Garner holds an EdD from the University of St. Thomas, an MA in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas, and a BA in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College.


Diana Hawley

April 1, 2023, 8:30am-12:30pm, DuFresne Performing Arts Center Room 159

Connect & Reflect: Designing Meaningful Music-Making Experiences for Children

In music classrooms, teachers work alongside students to co-develop communities brought to life by children’s inherent curiosity, energy, and musicality. In this workshop, we will explore design decisions that teacher-facilitators might consider as they move away from surface-level encounters to invitational explorations that set the stage for connection and reflection.

Using the music classroom as a vehicle to connect with students of all backgrounds, this workshop will help to emphasize the role that culture plays in a child's life, bridge the gap between home and school, use the music room as a safe space provided for self-expression and authenticity, how to partner with parents and families, and how to use equity tools to guide research and teaching.

About the Clinician

Diana Hawley teaches elementary general music, supports teachers as an Instructional Strategist of Innovation, and is the K-12 Music Coordinator in the Iowa City Community School District.

Diana co-edited and authored "Artful-Playful-Mindful in Action: Orff-Schulwerk Classroom Projects for a New Generation of Learners." She also teaches levels and curriculum courses in Orff Schulwerk at the University of Kentucky, University of St. Thomas (MN), and University of the Arts at Villanova (PA).

Diana serves on the editorial board of The Orff Echo, the national, peer-reviewed journal and philosophical voice of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Music Education at Boston University.

Registration Information

Register online to attend the Music Education Workshop Series or for any of the three individual workshops in the series.

We strongly encourage online registration with credit card, but you may also register on-site the day of the workshop (check only).

Contact Adult & Continuing Education with any questions about registration by calling 507.457.5080 or emailing

Workshop Fee:

  • $30 for each session attended
  • $50 for both sessions

Parking & Directions

The Performing Arts Center (PAC) is located at 450 Johnson St., Winona, MN, 55987. Review our campus map (PDF) for reference.

Parking is available on the street or in Gold Lots 1 or 2. Parking meters and parking lot restrictions are not enforced on Saturdays.

Enter through the Southeast door of the PAC facing Johnson Street. Upon entering, continue straight down the hall to the lobby for registration.

See you there!